Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Our internet goes out about 3x a day.  Because we have Vonage, this also means our land line does not work either.  The time span for each outage is usually around 3 hours each.  Yeck!  We've called Comcast (internet/cable provider)  numerous times.  Each time they tell us they'll fix it and every week we have to call them back.  Oh, yes, that's right, I have to call on my wireless and go through the motions that I am the daughter and all that jazz... I am soooooooooooooooo sick of it.  And, not even that, our wireless internet has not worked for over two weeks.  So, if I want to be online, I have to use mom's computer which is in her bedroom.  And, I can't be online past 10 pm.  Let's not even go there.

So, I've been looking at several different options.  Currently we pay $60 for basic cable and cable internet.  And $35 for Vonage.  This is monthly.  Total is $95.

ATT high-speed internet is $35 monthly.   DISH network is about $65 monthly.  That leaves phone.  We love Vonage b/c mom can call India for pennies.  So, I looked around on Clark Howard's site and came across Ooma.  It would cost about $250 and would be a one-time price.  Over all, I think this will work for us.  My brother is coming home this weekend and will speak to the parents.  I will probably buy Ooma for the house.  And, they'll continue to pay for cable/internet.  But, overall I think this will be better.  And, we won't be getting gipped on the internet service.


Anonymous said...

Have you thought of SKYPE for long-distance?

Anonymous said...

for my parents, we'd still need a landline.